New stores for shopping centre

The empty spaces at the new shopping centre in Kelvin Grove are starting to fill up.

Countdown opened in the Palmerston North suburb in June, but since then the adjoining retail spaces have been empty.

While Indian takeaway restaurant Mirrchess opened up recently, the rest remains vacant.

Hairdressing business Hairo’s On Russell announced in August it would be moving into one vacant spot, while coffee chain Esquires was looking for a franchisee for a cafe there.

Hairo’s co-owner Kiri Williams said an exact start date had not been set.

‘‘We don’t have a date of when the fit-out will be finished.’’

But she was hoping to open next month.

‘‘If it’s not the first week [of November] it should be the second.’’

The salon would be different from the Russell St location, with extra staff to diversify the business, she said.

‘‘We’re getting the beautician to offer that extra service,’’ Miss Williams said.

‘‘It’s important for people doing weddings and that sort of stuff.’’

Miss Williams said the store would have more of a ‘‘high-class’’ feel about it.

‘‘We’re targeting the boutique market with more high-fashion style.

‘‘It will be more of an experience.’’

Esquires franchise store development manager Rachel Casley said the chain was working out some final details with the landlord and did not have an opening date locked in.

However, it would definitely take up residence in one of the stores, she said.

Manawatu Standard